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Latest update : 2017-10-06

Turkish FM: 'Barzani is risking the future of the Kurds in Iraq'

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the Kurdish authorities' decision to hold a referendum on independence was a "grave mistake" that will hurt the interests of the Kurds. He said Ankara was ready to seriously consider shutting the border and the oil pipeline to Iraqi Kurdistan. He added that Turkey believes the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad helped to engineer the referendum, but said this wouldn't hurt the rapprochement between Turkey and Israel.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also lashed out at the US for not extraditing Fetullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the 2016 coup bid.

Çavuşoğlu said the accusations of spying and plotting against an employee of the US consulate in Istanbul were "serious" and that the outraged reaction from the US to the employee's arrest was "nonsense".

By Marc PERELMAN

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2018-05-16 Americas

'We are persecuted by KKK,' Maduro says of Trump era

As Venezuela holds its presidential election on Sunday, President Nicolas Maduro’s opponent has asked how the vote can possibly be fair amid ongoing repression and as opposition...

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2018-05-16 Middle East

Former Iranian FM urges EU to show 'independence' from US on nuclear deal

Kamal Kharrazi is the head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations and was foreign minister from 1997 to 2005. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he reacted to the US...

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2018-05-16 Middle East

Former Arab League chief: 'The one-state solution should be put on the agenda'

Amr Moussa is a former Egytian foreign minister and former head of the Arab League. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he advocated for a one-state solution to the...

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2018-05-15 Middle East

US embassy move makes MidEast peace process 'mission impossible on steroids'

In an interview with FRANCE 24, former US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US decision to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has turned the Middle...

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2018-05-09 Asia-pacific

Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam on his book 'Europe's India'

Our guest is Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Distinguished Professor at UCLA and professor at the Collège de France in Paris. He has authored numerous books including "Europe's India:...

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